USA [2021] - 102m
Directed by
Theodore Melfi
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September 26, 2021


A drama with some very minor comedy touches and subtle absurdities, but not even enough to call it a bona fide dramedy. The Starling is a core drama that handles its subject with a welcome lightness, but still goes a little overboard when it comes to sentiment, making it a somewhat uneven film.

Lilly and Jack are a married couple who face tough times when their daughter Katie dies. Jack ends up in a mental hospital, Lilly tries to carry on with her life, but suffers in silence. When she decides to redo her garden, an aggressive starling starts harassing her. It's a seemingly futile event that kick-starts her healing process.

McCarthy and O'Dowd are decent (though clearly gunning for comedians-can-handle drama points), the lighter vibes offer a pleasant twist on the seriousness that generally goes with this subject and the styling is slightly better than the norm, but the drama lacks impact and the rest of the film just isn't memorable enough.

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